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In assuming the duties which devolve upon your newly elected 
president, I find that not the least arduous of these and yet one 
in which I shall always be greatly interested and undertake with 
much pleasure, is that of editing that department of the Semi- 
Annual which is devoted to our organization. 

The field is a new one to me and would be entered with no 
little hesitation, did I not feel assured that you, who have raised 
me to this position, will stand by me and make the interest of 
the magazine your own. 

I enter upon my duties with no qualifications, unless an earnest 
and thoughtful interest in our organization and the honorable 
service as your secretary, can be called such. 

It is proposed to fill a large portion of the space allotted to us 
with reports of members and committees, and fresh and new 
notes from the field. It therefore rests with you, fellow workers, 
of how great value this space, which is your own, shall be to 

Will you not, by sending in such notes, show a real, live in- 
terest in making our department tell of the freshness of the fields 
and woods and cheer us with the brightness of the sunlight? 

Lynds Jones. 

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The Semi-Annual hereafter, will be made more particularly 
the organ of the Wilson Ornithological Chapter of the A. A. 
Each member of the Chapter should send notes and endeavor to 
make each issue brighter and more interesting. 

Members of Committees should endeavor to make their re- 
ports very replete and exhaustive. Each subject given out by 
Chairmen of Committees, should be thoroughly worked and 
fully written up. No stone should be left unturned that will add 
to the value of the different reports. The only possible way in 
which this work can be rightly and fully prepared, is for each 
member who has a part of the work assigned him, to push it 
forward conscientiously and exhaustively. 

Chairmen of Committees can do nothing without aid and this 
aid must come from the scattered members. In this manner a 


large territory will be covered and the reports will be made of 
value. This will be more especially the case with the work in 
charge of the General Committee. The slips sent out by this 
department, should be prepared under the headings given and a 
report made to the Chairman the first of September, 1891. 
These reports should not be prepared in a desultory, disjointed 
manner, but by connected, hearty, continued effort to get the 
facts in each case. 

The funds of the Chapter are in the hands of President Jones, 
who already has all he can attend to, considering his added 
duties in connection with the editorial department of the Semi- 
Annual. Of course, the Chapter is not yet large enough to 
make the handling of its funds a very burdensome affair, but it 
will undoubtedly grow. A treasurer should be elected to take 
charge of and keep the accounts of the Chapter. 

The need of a meeting of the officers and members of the 
Chapter is apparent to all who desire to put it on a firm basis. 
The necessity of such a meeting has been mentioned by a 
number of the active workers of our Chapter and it is important 
to the future growth and standing of the organization, that this 
meeting be held as early as possible. If possible, the meeting 
should be held this present Summer, or as soon thereafter as can 
be conveniently arranged. Matters of importance to the Chapter 
cannot be arranged by correspondence. 

Taking the homes of the active members as a basis for 
computation, Rochester, N. Y. seems to be the most centrally 
located for all. This decision is reached after a thorough in- 
vestigation of the guide books of the different railroads and an 
actual computation of the distance to be traversed by each active 
member. Members of the Chapter in eastern states can readily 
reach that place via. New York or Albany on the Central Rail- 
road. The good of our growing Chapter should be taken into 
consideration by all and they should attend, if the meeting is 
arranged for and they can possibly do so. 

Will all members, active and associate, who can attend such a 
meeting, please write to the Editor or Publisher and state their 
preferences as to time and place of meeting? 

Owing to delay caused by the transfer of the Semi-Annua 


from its former owner, Mr. W. H. Foote, this number may 
possibly not be up to the standard in the way of frontispiece and 
illustrations to the O. & O. Semi- Annual. We ask the indulgence 
of our readers and assure them that the October number will be 
greatly superior to this April number, and it is proposed to give 
as a frontispiece of the October number, a hand-painted cut of 
some typical egg, or set of eggs. 


Under this head all papers and magazines sent us, wili receive an honest review. 

The Ornithologist & Oologist, Hyde Park, Mass. Frank B. 
Webster, Publisher. Monthly. 16 pages. $i per year. This 
one is always the same : good. 

The Ornithologist & Botanist, Binghamton, N. Y. Willard 
N. Clute, Editor. Joseph E. Blain, Publisher. Monthly. 8 
pages and cover. 35 cents per year. This is one of the new 
ones ; bright, well edited and well printed. 

The Collector's Monthly, Danielsonville, Conn. C. H. Prince, 
Editor and Publisher. Monthly. 4 pages and cover. 30 cents 
per year. A well printed sheet. 

The Wisconsin Naturalist, Chas. F. Carr, Publisher, Madison, 
Wis. 16 pages and cover. 50 cents per year. 

We are sorry to note that Mr. Paul B. Haskell, of Ashland, 
Ky., has ceased publishing the American Ospre}'. We thought 
it had come to stay, but 

The Empire State Exchange, Water Valley, N. Y., Edited 
and Published by U. S. Perrine. Monthly. 25 cents per year. 
Bro. Perrine should change printers and get one who can run a 
press. Aside from poor press work, good. 

The Old Curiosity Shop, San Francisco, California. 4 pages. 
Monthly. 25 cents per year. Edited by A. McDonald, Box 
1732, San Francisco, Cal.